• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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I’m not sure how the New Year started this year with Midway New Year’s Eve activities. I hope everyone had a good time and everyone got home safe. Since I didn’t make it this year, I’m hoping if there are any good stories that someone will pass them on to me. This year, I saved myself from the usually New Year’s morning agony to run in Midway’s newest annual event, the inaugural Frozen Rails 5K. What away to begin the year! The frozen rails moniker didn’t live up to its name as the weather allowed many of the runners to run in t-shirts, shorts and other light running apparel. You can do things like that when you have normal blood circulation. What made this race so much fun was that I overheard a number of Midwegians say they didn’t have any plans for running in this year’s race, me included. These late additions said they looked out their window and saw all the activity and smiling faces. It was then they looked up the race on the Internet and discovered that that could still register for the race just before race time. They suited up in their finest racing attire and joined in the fun. I told my daughter that I was going to run, so she made a special trip to cheer me on or pick me up in case I passed out along the way, whichever came first. There were almost 300 runners in this race and Midwegians made up over 5 percent of the runners with 18 participants. Midway resident Peter Fisher came in 10th over-all and 2nd in his age division. Raylene Knight was first among the Midway female runners, came in 36th over-all and finished number 1 in her age division. I want to send out a big thanks to Bob Baney and Team RaceRise for bringing this new event to Midway. Part of the proceeds from this race went to support the Midway Ministerial Association and the Midway Food Pantry. Canned and non-perishable food items were also collected to help feed the hungry in Woodford County. The Midway Ministerial Association is a collaborative effort of seven Midway area churches (Midway Christian Church, Midway Baptist Church, Midway Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew’s AME Church, Midway United Methodist Church, Historic Second Christian Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church). The Midway Ministerial Association gathers for community worship serves: Thanksgiving, MLK, Ash Wednesday, Easter sunrise service, and a service of peace and hope in September on or near the anniversary of Sept. 11. During these worship services, an offering is taken up that goes to support a fund within our community. The fund goes to help people in emergencies with rent and utility payments. This past Thanksgiving, at our community Thanksgiving service, the offering was used to provide 10 Thanksgiving boxes for families at our local elementary school, Northside Elementary. ••• Midway residents can rest in peace knowing that their new council has been sworn in and they are ready to go into action. Last Tuesday evening, state Rep. James Kay gave the oath of office to council remembers Bruce Southworth, Kaye Nita Gallagher, Sara Hicks, Libby Warfield, Steve Simoff, and John McDaniel. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift has made out his committee selections for this council term. Bruce Southworth will chair the Public Works and Services Committee with Kaye Nita Gallagher and John McDaniel also on the committee. The Finance, Ordinance, and Policy Committee will consist of Sara Hicks as chair and Bruce Southworth and Steve Simoff. Libby Warfield will chair the Cemetery, City Property, and Blighted Property Committee with Sara Hicks and Steve Simoff also serving on that committee. Mayor Vandegrift has created a newly organized committee that will be called Events, Outreach, and Tourism. This committee will include John McDaniel, Steve Simoff, and will be chaired by Kaye Nita Gallagher. In the coming months, readers will learn more about these committees and what part they play in Midway City government.

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